There have bee very few things I have missed about Facebook over the past three weeks. I feel much less burdened by social pressures that come along with seeing what everyone is doing. I experience less feeling left out when I see what my friends who live far away are up to. I’m spending so much less energy on thinking about other people, which has left me with more time to read, spend time with people who are actually around me, and just generally be a productive person.

The things I have missed so far? The constant exchange of cultural information, the ability to gather opinions quickly about current events or other important issues, and the sharing of joys and sorrows via status update. I missed reading about the reactions to the Canuck’s Stanley Cup loss, for example. I missed the usual and fun fourth of July exclamations.

I will be looking forward to returning to Facebook on the 12th, but I also hope that I will start using it differently. I hope that I will be able to take the parts that I like, and avoid the time suck that it can become.

Remotely yours,